While other automakers were detailing their latest infotainment and range technology at CES this year, Bugatti showed off another kind of creation at the show: a sub-1hp electric scooter.
Produced in conjunction with America’s Bytech, the scooter still boasts Bugatti-esque technology. Beyond the dipping taillight, rear “∃B” puddle light, and Agile blue (or silver or black) paint, it also has a magnesium alloy frame to keep the weight down. .
As a result, the scooter weighs just 35 lbs (16 kg), meaning its 700 watt (0.9 hp) electric motor can take it to a top speed of 18.5 mph (30 km/h). ). However, it will only reach this speed in Sport mode. In Economy mode – which, surely, is antithetical to the whole Bugatti experience, but far be it from me to tell the company how to do its job – top speeds at 9 mph (15 km/h), and in City mode, you can go up to 12.5 mph (20 km/h).
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In Economy mode the scooter can travel up to 35 km on one charge and once the battery is depleted it can be removed and recharged in just 4 hours using a household socket. Probably better to have two on the road, then. Capable of carrying up to 110 kg (242 lb), it can climb a slope of up to 15 degrees.
“Bugatti is at the pinnacle of automotive excellence,” said Wiebke Stahl, Managing Director of Bugatti. “Partnering with a company such as Bytech gives us the opportunity to expand our reach in the field of electric mobility with an experienced partner and a product that can be enjoyed by consumers around the world.”
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Bugatti may be the pinnacle of the automotive world, but it’s not really the pinnacle of the electric scooter world. As Autoblog points out that MV Augusta (which has a little more experience with two-wheeled vehicles) makes an e-scooter that has a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h), although it weighs 44 lbs (20 kg) and can carry only 220 pounds (100 kg).
Unfortunately, the price of this scooter is not known at this point, but, as you’d probably imagine, Bugatti-badged products tend not to be very cheap.